First-Time College Student
If you're a high school or GED graduate (or graduating this year) with no prior college classes seeking a college degree or certificate, follow these instructions to get started at Chemeketa.
Follow these steps if you plan to complete general education requirements for your bachelor's degree or pursue a Chemeketa certificate or associate degree in a technical field.
Step 1 - Apply for admission
No application fee. For the best chance at success, submit your application by the recommended date.
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After you submit the application, we will email you the next steps within five to ten business days. Check your email account (including the spam folder) for a Chemeketa email.
Step 2 - Claim your account
If you haven't already set up your Chemeketa student account, follow the steps in your Chemeketa email. You will set up your account password and activate your student Gmail. If you need help with this step, call our Help Desk at 503.399.7899.
Step 3 - Paying for college
There are plenty of ways to pay for college including federal and state aid, scholarships, savings, a job, and more. You'll likely use a combination of resources to pay for school.
Step 4 - Participate in new student orientation
Chemeketa offers orientation for new students in person and online.
Our in-person orientation is more comprehensive and will help set you up right away for your first term. We will help you -
- With financial aid
- Register for classes
- Connect with Chemeketa resources
- Prepare for first term success
If you're unable to attend orientation in person, view our online orientation.
Step 5 - Complete the placement assessment
Fill out the Placement Assessment form. This will help us determine which courses you need to begin with. After you submit the form, we’ll review it. You will receive a response in 3-5 business days with information about your placement.
Step 6 - First term advising
Your Chemeketa advisor or navigator will help you:
- Understand your placement
- Choose your classes
- Learn about student resources
- Understand financial aid